Mitchell Starc will continue to ignore criticism from Shane Warne, saying he "may as well retire" if he listens to the former Australia star.

Warne has again been unflattering in his assessment of Starc's bowling in recent weeks, writing in a newspaper column after the first Test against India that some of his play had been "atrocious".

Those comments appeared to reignite a feud from 2015, when Warne criticised Starc's body language and the Australia man riposted that he had "nothing to prove" to the bowling great.

Reports suggested Starc was unhappy with this analysis, but he says he is not putting much stock in Warne's opinions, insisting the focus will remain on beating India.

"I still don't know what he said," Starc told FOX after day three of the second Test on Sunday. "I've been told about it.

"But if I keep listening to Warney, I may as well retire. I'll just keep going about my stuff, as I have done over the week."

Australia led by 43 runs after the first innings in Perth, stretching that advantage to 175 as they reached stumps at 132-4 on Sunday.

Starc (2-79) took the early wickets of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara as India batted for the first time, before their recovery was halted by the controversial dismissal of captain Virat Kohli.

Usman Khawaja is unconcerned about his disappointing start to Australia's Test series against India.

After a stunning 141 to salvage a draw against Pakistan in Dubai was followed by knee surgery in October, Khawaja has scored just 41 runs across three innings versus India.

The batsman, who has only found the boundary once from 205 balls faced during the series, has been relied upon to shoulder a greater share of responsibility at the top of the order with David Warner and Steve Smith suspended.

Despite a difficult start against the top-ranked Test side, Khawaja is remaining upbeat about his chances of making an impact.

"Cricket is a funny game, it goes in circles," Khawaja told a post-match news conference.

"I've scored a lot of runs this year. A lot of runs in first-class cricket over in Glamorgan, then [for] 'Aussie A', and then in the UAE. 

"There's going to be a couple of innings here and there where I don't, and that's just part of the game. Nothing changes a lot. Credit to the bowlers when they bowl well to you. 

"If you're not scoring runs you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You just go out there next time and get some more runs.

"It could be a lot worse. I could get three first-ballers."

Australia were all out for 326 in the first session on Saturday and had India in trouble at 8-2 in reply, but unbeaten fifties from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane got the tourists to stumps in a strong position at 172-3.

Khawaja hopes his team can make an early breakthrough on day three and put some pressure on what appears to be a long India tail.

"If we get a couple of wickets early [on Sunday] and break this partnership right now - it's not an easy wicket to start off on," said Khawaja.

"If we do that we'll have our chance at that tail, but we still have to be quite disciplined."

The presence of Virat Kohli at the crease has Ishant Sharma confident that India can seize control of the second Test against Australia on day three.

India captain Kohli ended the second day unbeaten on 82, leading the tourists to a solid position on 172-3 after they made an awful start - slumping to 8-2 after just 31 balls - in pursuit of Australia's 326.

While there is still work to be done when play resumes on Sunday, Ishant says the India dressing room will remain in high spirits as long as Kohli is out in the middle.

"Whenever [Kohli] is batting, we have to feel pretty confident," he told reporters. "We feel good, because we have finished the day in a strong position.

"Hopefully it can continue tomorrow [Sunday]. Right now, I can say it's equal. Hopefully we will win the first session [on Sunday] and turn the game in our favour."

Cheteshwar Pujara supported his skipper with 24 off 103 balls - during a restorative partnership of 74 - before Ajinkya Rahane added 90 alongside Kohli and ended the day 51 not out.

Ishant credited Pujara for keeping the Australia attack at bay in trademark fashion, while heralding the importance of Rahane's knock after the hosts belatedly made a breakthrough.

"We know that when Pujara defends, the ball doesn't go past," Ishant said. "He is someone you need in your team. I have played against him and I know how difficult it is to bowl to Pujara.

"When he plays, he makes the bowlers really tired, it takes its toll. We know that if he stays on the wicket, he can do wonders for the team. It was very unfortunate the way he got out [caught down the leg side off Mitchell Starc]. We don't get those kind of wickets, bowled down the leg and caught behind.

"Then Ajinkya came in and played some pretty good shots to shift the momentum. We ended the day pretty well."

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made unbeaten half-centuries as India battled back against Australia on day two of the second Test, leaving the match in Perth delicately poised. 

A 59-run partnership between Tim Paine (38) and Pat Cummins (19) helped Australia get to 326 before they were bowled out in the first session, with India's response reaching 172-3 by the close of play. 

The tourists had appeared to be in serious trouble after losing opening duo Murali Vijay (0) and KL Rahul (2) in the first six overs of their innings, but Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli (82 not out) dug in from 8-2 to stop the rot in the second session. 

Nathan Lyon (0-34 from 22 overs) and Cummins (0-40 from 17 overs) combined to give little away in an intense battle with Kohli and Pujara, the two batsmen having to wait more than 21 overs between boundaries before the latter eventually fell for 24 to a great catch from wicketkeeper Paine. 

However, Australia had no answer for an unbroken 90-run stand between the India captain and Rahane, who was on 51 not out at stumps.

The hosts had resumed on 277-6 and after a strong start from Paine and Cummins, the latter was bowled by Umesh Yadav (2-78) and Australia's skipper wasted a review after being trapped leg before by Jasprit Bumrah (2-53). 

Mitchell Starc (6) and Josh Hazlewood (0) edged successive deliveries from Ishant Sharma (4-41) to bring an end to Australia's innings, but they wasted no time in putting India under pressure. 

Starc (2-42) cleaned up Vijay with a full, inswinging delivery to make the breakthrough before lunch and Hazlewood (1-50) dismissed Rahul with a stunning yorker after the break, in the process claiming a second early wicket. 

Kohli sent Hazlewood for three fours in the same over but the boundaries dried up for the tourists during the afternoon. 

Cummins thought he had struck a blow in the absorbing battle by getting Pujara lbw on 23, but ball tracking showed the delivery was going over the top of the stumps. However, there was no doubt when Pujara edged Starc down the leg side and was taken by Paine, leaving India three down. 

Rahane picked up the run-rate immediately, with two fours and a six encouraging Kohli to hammer Cummins over gully and bring up his half-century. 

After back-to-back fours off Hazlewood, Rahane reached 50 with a single off Lyon, his efforts helping put India in a competitive position ahead of what looks to be an intriguing Sunday.

Jasprit Bumrah believes the second Test is still "in the balance", despite a largely difficult first day for India against Australia in Perth.

Australia came through a mini-collapse to take control of the second Test against India after a solid first day in Perth.

Bharat Arun believes India boast one of the best pace bowling attacks they have ever had as they plot to blow Australia away in Perth.

Marcus Harris is backing Mitchell Starc to fire on all cylinders when Australia attempt to level the Test series against India in Perth.

Justin Langer admits there is uncertainty over how the pitch will play at Perth Stadium for Australia's second Test against India, but he hopes to see plenty of pace and bounce.

Australia coach Justin Langer insisted Tim Paine is "100 per cent ready to go" as he dismissed concerns over the captain's fitness heading into the second Test against India.

Captain Tim Paine insisted nothing was wrong with his right index finger having suffered a blow to it during Australia's first Test defeat to India.

The wicketkeeper was struck on a finger on which he has had several operations since breaking it in 2010.

He required treatment from Australia's physio and had the digit strapped up as his side fell to a 31-run loss in the first match of a four-game series in Adelaide.

However, Paine is adamant there is no reason for concern, saying in answer to a question about the injury: "No doubt. I'm fine."

Mitchell Starc was unable to capture his brilliant best at Adelaide Oval, taking 5-103 across India's two innings.

Questions over the star seamer's form have been raised, but Paine sprung to the defence of Starc, who he expects to flourish in the second Test in Perth.

"I think for the majority of the Test, Starcy actually bowled really well," added Paine. "I saw a bit of stuff last night that people were pretty critical of him, but I think his economy rate for a lot of the Test was really good. 

"He took some wickets. He didn't set the world on fire but I think for a long time there's been a really big gap between Starcy's best and his worst and from what I'm seeing that is getting closer and closer every day. 

"Was he at his best? Probably not, but I still thought he played his role really well and opened up the game for us to be honest at times.

"When Starcy's on song there is no better bowler in the world. Particularly with the new ball and if he can get it to swing, I think in Perth the conditions will suit him down to the ground. 

"I think it will be swing and from what I'm hearing the wicket is going to be really fast. So he'll be a handful."

That Paine was Australia's second-highest scorer in the second innings with 41 spoke to their struggles with the bat, with numerous impressive contributions from the tail unable to atone for the failings of those higher up the order.

The hosts had nobody of the quality of Cheteshwar Pujara, whose 194 across two innings included 123 in the first.

"It's pretty shattering. But India thoroughly deserved to win," said Paine. "We thought we could do it. But our batters couldn't bat for long enough with our tail to win. I thought Pujara was probably the difference between the two sides."

Captain Virat Kohli said India were the better team and deserved to win after the tourists a dramatic finish to defeat a gallant Australia in the first Test in Adelaide.

India withstood a nervy finale at Adelaide Oval, where Kohli's men prevailed by just 31 runs as the visitors won the opening Test of a campaign on Australia soil for the first time on Monday.

Australia needed a record fourth-innings run chase to claim victory and despite falling to 156-6 and 235-9 in pursuit of 323, the home side came within a whisker of achieving the improbable before Josh Hazlewood was dismissed with the final ball before tea.

Tension was building prior to Ravichandran Ashwin's match-clinching breakthrough – Kohli visibly agitated as India's search for an historic win was thwarted by an inspiring rearguard display from Australia.

Kohli, however, insisted India were the superior outfit as the series heads to Perth for the second Test, starting Friday.

"It's important to stay calm. The odds were stacked up against them as soon as we got Pat Cummins out," Kohli said during the post-match presentation.

"I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it. It was just a matter of one mistake or one good ball. Super proud to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets to win this Test match. It's up to our batsmen to step up in this series. Pujara and Rahane stood up in this match.

"I thought we were the better team and deserved to win. I think when they bat together like that they are our most solid pair. I think it took a lot of grit and determination to put us past Australia.

"I think our middle order and lower order could've done better. These things are things to keep in mind for Perth. But if you had given me 1-0 up after the first game I would've taken that."

Cheteshwar Pujara was named man of the match after his 123-run display in the first innings, which he followed up with 71 in the second.

"I think playing here before has helped me a lot," Pujara added. "I think what has helped me is the preparation. Ultimately winning the Test match credit to all the bowlers.

"The first innings lead of 15 gave us the belief batting in the second innings. I always back my ability and I've got enough experience."

India created history after withstanding a spirited and tense Australia comeback to win an enthralling opening Test by 31 runs in Adelaide on Monday.

Entering the fifth and final day, India were in the box seat to draw first blood in their pursuit of a maiden Test series victory in Australia, with the hosts four wickets down and needing to produce a record fourth-innings run chase to claim an improbable victory.

India appeared set to cruise to victory at Adelaide Oval when Travis Head (14) and Shaun Marsh (60) fell in the morning session to leave Australia 156-6, but an inspiring rearguard display from Tim Paine (41), Nathan Lyon (38 not out), Pat Cummins (28) and Mitchell Starc (28) frustrated the visitors.

With only one wicket remaining and nerves palpable, Lyon almost singlehandedly achieved the impossible before Josh Hazlewood (13) was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin (3-92) with the final delivery prior to tea as India finally claimed their first victory in the opening match of a Test series in Australia.

Australia resumed on 104-4, requiring 219 runs to beat India, who made two crucial breakthroughs before lunch.

Ishant Sharma (1-48) caught Head off guard as the ball flicked the batsman's glove en route to Ajinkya Rahane and Australia's hopes of victory were dealt a major blow when Marsh departed following a valuable 10th Test fifty – the latter getting the faintest of edges off Jasprit Bumrah's delivery.

There were two reviews in an Ashwin over and Cummins survived both – India's first turned down before Australia successfully had a decision overturned three balls later, granting the tailender a reprieve.

There was no reprieve for Paine after lunch – the captain skying a pull shot, with his thick top edge taken easily by Rishabh Pant much to the joy of Bumrah (3-68).

Starc made a priceless contribution before temptation got the better of him, the big Australian attempting to blast Mohammed Shami (3-65) but it ended with an edge through to Pant.

Despite wickets falling, there was still a sense of belief in the middle, especially after Lyon was put down by Pant but India could breathe a sigh of relief when Virat Kohli showed a safe pair of hands to dismiss Cummins, giving Bumrah his third scalp.

Hazlewood came to the crease and played the ultimate support act to Lyon, who had India fearing the worst until Ashwin and KL Rahul combined to secure just the sixth Test win for the tourists in Australia.

Ricky Ponting believes the first Test between Australia and India proves umpires are not monitoring for front-foot no-balls.

Australia still believe they have a "massive sniff" of winning the first Test against India despite a difficult fourth day in Adelaide, according to Nathan Lyon.

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